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Forest Service chief confident on wildfires despite proposed budget cut

The Forest Service faces a $970 million budget cut in 2018, but the agency's chief said he is confident the service will have the resources to battle wildfires next year, although he acknowledged that President Trump’s budget proposes “very difficult reductions in some very important programs.”... Read more»

House OKs McSally bill to waive lie detectors for some Border Patrol applicants

The House overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to waive polygraph tests for veterans applying for Border Patrol jobs, despite concerns that it could open the door to problem hires. Rep. Martha McSally's bill comes as Customs and Border Protection grapples with President Trump’s plan to hire an additional 5,000 agents.... Read more»1

Factcheck: Timeline of Russia investigation

Key moments in the FBI probe of Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election ... Read more»

White House’s Gold Star family event heartens some, leaves others wary

Receiving Gold Star families – those who have lost a loved one to military service – could be seen as a shift for Trump, who made headlines last year by attacking a Muslim family whose son was killed serving in Iraq. For some like Maria Martin, a Tucson resident whose son, Sgt. Martin Lugo, died in Afghanistan in 2010, receptions are not enough.... Read more»

Trump says privatizing air traffic control will speed modernization

President Trump’s plan to privatize operations of the nation’s air traffic control towers – including at least six in Arizona – will help speed upgrades to a system that has been slow to modernize, the White House said Monday.... Read more»

Photos: Remembering D-Day, June 6, 1944

It's been 73 years since "the Longest Day" — the landing of Allied troops from the United States, Britain, Canada and other nations as they stormed the beaches of Normandy to press the end of World War II in an attack on Nazi Germany. More than 9,000 Allied troops were killed or wounded, as were thousands of German soldiers.... Read more»

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McCain lauds NATO as Montenegro joins alliance

"The government of Montenegro boldly withstood pressure from Vladimir Putin's Russia to reach this historic day. Today's accession ceremony sends a powerful message to Putin that Russia will not determine the fate of the free peoples of the world and that their democratic aspirations will prevail."... Read more»

Man about to pick up newborn son after surgery arrested by ICE agents

The case of Oscar Millan shows ICE’s renewed focus on strict immigration enforcement. Under the Obama administration, agents had discretion in cases of immigrants with gravely sick children.... Read more»

Nearly 600,000 immigration cases clog courts

Racked with a backlog approaching 600,000 cases, the nation’s 58 immigration courts over the last decade have taken longer to rule on deportations, asylum claims and other matters despite hiring more judges and more than doubling its annual budget.... Read more»

Despite $1.2 billion in purchases, tribal land buy-back ‘treading water’

The Interior Department has “not accomplished much” in its program to buy up marginal Indian lands and return them to tribes, despite spending two-thirds of a $1.9 billion fund for the program.... Read more»

Tucson, other Az cities buck Trump, pledge to stick to Paris climate goals

Arizona cities this week spurned President Trump’s plan to pull the U.S. out of a global emissions compact, with at least three mayors — including Tucson's Jonathan Rothschild — pledging their cities would hew to the emission goals laid out in the Paris accord.... Read more»

BP agent's lawyer asks judge to dismiss murder indictment

The lawyer for a Border Patrol agent facing a murder trial in the 2012 cross-border shooting death of a Mexican teen has asked a judge to dismiss the charges because the grand jury issued the indictment after hearing testimony from a supervisory agent, who repeated statements made by Agent Lonnie Swartz just minutes after the shooting. ... Read more»

FactChecking Trump's claims in climate speech

In announcing that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a global accord aimed at addressing climate change, President Donald Trump made more than a few false and misleading claims.... Read more»

Trump plan to exit Paris accord riles Arizona Democrats, warms GOP

President Trump said Thursday the U.S. will withdraw from a global agreement on emissions that “handicaps” the economy, a move that Arizona critics charged will end up harming both the economy and the environment.... Read more»

Congress mulls military bills with fewest veteran members in decades

Since taking office in January, members of Congress have introduced nine separate pieces of legislation that deal with when and how the president should be allowed to use military force against terrorist groups abroad.... Read more»

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